Since the Supreme Court ruling on Dec 20, 2013, Canada has one year to rewrite the prostitution laws and has asked for public consultation – ending March 17, 2014.
A study found that 95% of prostitutes in Canada (90% worldwide) would like to exit the business if they could and 95% of prostitutes experienced sexual harassment which would be legally actionable in a different job setting. But because of criminal conviction against prostitutes, it has been difficult to do anything about these issues – and even more difficult for trafficked women who might be here illegally, don’t know the language or laws well, and/or are terrified of their captors.
How we restructure the legal system is very important if we want to correctly address the issues of prostitution and sex trafficking in Canada. We can’t simply decriminalize the industry since an unrestrained demand will yield more trafficked women and children.
Now is the time to write letters to your local MP and the Department of Justice encouraging them to adopt the Nordic Model for Canada.
The Nordic Model is a tried, tested, and true model that has proven to greatly reduce sex trafficking and prostitution. It does this by criminalizing brothels, pimps, and buyers of sex while, at the same time, making it easier for prostitutes to get help exiting the industry. For more detailed information, read The Tipping Point by Joy Smith, MP.
Below are some very practical things that you can do which WILL have an impact on what Canada will look like in the generations to come. Please don’t be silent. Every voice matters.
Please note that the Nordic model is also strongly supported across political, religious and women’s rights organizations including, but not limited to:
- Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres
- Native Women’s Association of Canada
- Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
- Action Ontarienne Contre La Violence Faite Aux Femmes
- La Concentration Des Luttes Contra L’Exploitation Sexuelle
- Le Regroupement Quebecois Des Centres d’Aide et De Lutte Contre Les Agressions A Caractere Sexual
- Vancouver Rape Relief Society
- Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
- Defend Dignity
- Walk With Me
- Aboriginal Women’s Action Network
- Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution
- South Asian Women Against Male Violence
- London Abused Women’s Centre
- Catholic Women’s League
- Sex Trade 101
Here are my answers to the public consultation in case anyone needs help:
1. Do you think that purchasing sexual services from an adult should be a criminal offence? Should there be any exceptions? Please explain.
Comment: Purchasing sexual services should absolutely be a criminal offence. The demand for sexual services will continue to grow as more and more generations become addicted to online gonzo porn – an increasingly popular sexual appetite that cannot be satisfied within the confines of a healthy relationship.
2. Do you think that selling sexual services by an adult should be a criminal offence? Should there be any exceptions? Please explain.
Comment: No. Criminalizing the selling of sexual services will make it more difficult for sex trafficking victims from coming forward. It will also make it harder for them to exit the trade if they need help to do so.
3. If you support allowing the sale or purchase of sexual services, what limitations should there be, if any, on where or how this can be conducted? Please explain.
Comment: Pimps shouldn’t be allowed to profit from the avails of someone else. Procuring sex and brothels should be illegal.
4. Do you think that it should be a criminal offence for a person to benefit economically from the prostitution of an adult? Should there be any exceptions? Please explain.
Comment: Yes. Permitting economical gain encourages sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation.
5. Are there any other comments you wish to offer to inform the Government’s response to the Bedford decision?
Comment: Please take seriously the voices of sex trafficking victims. Their voices are being silenced so the few who can speak should be taken seriously and contrasted carefully against the vast majority of people who don’t fully understand the seriousness of the problem.
6. Are you are writing on behalf of an organization? If so, please identify the organization and your title or role: